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Iran: Israel Calls on U.K. to Designate IRGC a Terrorist Organization

1 MIN READAug 29, 2019 | 17:22 GMT

What Happened: Israel is calling on the United Kingdom to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, The Times of Israel reported Aug. 29.

Why It Matters: The British government may be open to considering Israel's request after Iran captured and detained a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in July. However, designating the IRGC a terrorist organization would heighten tensions between the United Kingdom and Iran and increase the risk of retaliation by Tehran against British assets.

Background: The United Kingdom designated Hezbollah's political wing a terrorist organization in May, one month after the United States labeled the IRGC a terror group following an Israeli lobbying campaign.

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